Bristol deli named Britain’s Best Small Shop of 2019 at Houses of Parliament

A deli in Clifton has just been crowned Britain’s Best Small Shop of 2019.

Papadeli was revealed as the winner at an event hosted by the Independent Retailers Confederation at the Houses of Parliament on November 5.

The deli beat a shortlist of 25 retailers to scoop the accolade, with runners-up includnig Book-ish, an independent bookshop in Powys, and The Recycled Candle Company, a shop in Exeter which sells candles made from recycled wax.

It stocks a selection of foods from local producers and further across Europe and boasts one of the best cheese counters in the city.

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Papadeli on Alma Road (Image: Twitter Public)

Also on offer is the hugely popular Papadeli plate of salads, cheeses, pickles, breads, charcuterie and delicious coffee or tea. 

Shelves at the shop are laden with olive oils, balsamics, store cupboard ingredients as well as handmade artisan chocolates, biscuits and treats.

 

Papadeli has a rating of 4.8/5 on Google from 31 reviews and 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor from 93 reviews, with visitors praising its high quality products and friendly service.

It also gives cookery demonstrations at a local school and supports a number of local charities.

‘Very honoured and excited to have won’

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Papadeli sells local and European cheese (Image: Business Live)

The Best Small Shop competition is managed by the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC).

The award celebrates the ‘commitment and creativity of independent retailers on the UK’s high streets’ and the role they play in their local communities

Speaking after receiving the award, Papadeli owner Simon MacDonnell said: “We are very honoured and excited to have won this award and I think our regular customers will be proud and happy for us.

 

“We have been going for 18 years, starting as a deli, opened a café and we also have a cookery school and an outside catering school.

“Our ground floor shop is a food and wine retailer and an emporium for anything you might want to get in terms of a food treat.”  

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